Gambia: Stakeholders Discuss Post 2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on behalf of the UN system in The Gambia Tuesday held a six-hour discussion with stakeholders on the Post 2015 development agenda.

The forum, held at the Friendship Hostel in Bakau, also discussed the post Rio+20 conference outcome. It was attended by Civil Society Organisations (CSO), NGOs officials, students and the UN system officials.

Janice James, a representative of the UNDP, recalled that about 20 years ago, some key international agreements were made by stakeholders in Rio, Brazil, which targets to integrate the environment for a sustainable development.

She further recalled that the private sector came out strongly and their voices were heard at that meeting, which she described as one of the largest international meetings ever.

James said the Gambian delegation was in attendance at that meeting and had fully participated during discussions. "We are here today to talk about the future we want for our children," she added.

While commending the stakeholders for their commitment and effort in the move to attaining the Post 2015 development agenda, James equally called on them to close ranks in the interest of development.

According to her, the discussion aims to ensure wider and deeper national participation in these global processes and further strengthen national ownership and ensure holistic participation of all sections of society to guarantee great impact in related programming, implementation and monitoring.

On his part, Pa Ousman Jarju, the director of Water Resources, noted that the Rio+20 was a hallmark in the world development agenda, with objectives and targets.

He said the outcome of the meeting has specified sustainable development goals, and also calls for greater action for meeting those set target goals.

Jarju told the gathering that the document has several sections, and also includes political commitment to the Rio principles. "In this, parties reaffirmed their commitment to development goals," he added.

He urged the participants, particularly the students, to remain focused in making the future a sustainable one. He also told the students that as future leaders, their contribution and input are vital to the attainment of the set target goals.

Speaking from the NGOs perspective, Mam Abdoulie Njie commended the UNDP for organising the discussion and assured the commitment of NGOs to the attainment of the Post 2015 development agenda.

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